Together we are shaping the future of business

The Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources offers internationally recognised degrees in employment relations and human resources. With a focus on developing people management skills such as communication, planning, teamwork, strategy and self-development.

Our high-impact research, innovative approach and strong partnerships with industry will ensure you graduate with a highly relevant degree that is valued by employers. This enables you to contribute effectively in your chosen field and meet challenges facing both the domestic and the global business environment.

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William Vuk Despotovich

Outstanding teaching

Dr William Vuk Despotovic contributes to Griffith Business School in various capacities, demonstrating his depth and breadth of knowledge and skills, as well as his adaptability. In 2020 he received a Learning and Teaching Citation in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a teacher.

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Amie Shaw

Excellence in teaching

Lecturer Dr Amie Shaw recently received a Griffith Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award recognises truly engaged teachers who are passionate about their discipline or profession, who are at the cutting edge of their field, and who make significant contributions to student learning.

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Ruth McPhail

Education Leader of the Year

Professor Ruth McPhail received the 2019 Vice Chancellor’s Griffith Education Leader of the Year, recognising Ruth’s outstanding contribution to the leadership of learning and teaching.

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Matt Xerri

Enhancing the student experience

Nominated by students and his peers Dr Matthew Xerri received the Teaching Excellence Award in 2018 in recognition of his commitment to enhancing the quality of the student experience.

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Research is central to the mission of the Department. Our research is broad covering psychologists, sociologists, industrial relations specialists, historians and lawyers. We consider ourselves a research led department with our work informing teaching practice, curriculum and industry trends.

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Industry partners and professionals play an important part in developing our programs, research and ensuring Griffith graduates meet the demands of employers, today and in the future. When we enter into a partnership we strive for a mutually beneficial and professional partnership.

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Student Opportunities

Griffith Business School and the Department offers many opportunities for students to get involved with our community, build professional and social networks, and enhance their business skills.  We also offer a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards to assist with the costs of study and living expenses.

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Ms Amanda Spencer is an ERHR graduate who is now Qld Recruitment Manager for Star Entertainment Group.

In Amanda's role as Qld Recruitment Manager she has assisted in developing a partnership which sees representatives The Star visit Griffith Business School to recruit promising students both during and after their studies. A recent event has resulted in 54 eager students successfully gaining employment with the renowned hospitality and tourism brand.

“We see the partnership as helping the community, helping young people get their first job, or get their foot in the door,” she says. “It’s an opportunity for students to gain paid employment while they’re studying and I think that’s super crucial in this industry.”

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Professional accreditation

Griffith Business School is an accredited member of AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognised form of professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

Committed to sustainable enterprise

The School is a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education and the UN Global Compact. This engagement demonstrates the School's strong commitment to sustainable enterprise development and corporate responsibility.

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